Carnegie Mellon University

James Garrett

James H. Garrett Jr. (E 1986)

Provost and Chief Academic Officer, College of Engineering
Thomas Lord Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Co-Director, Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Institute

  • Scaife Hall 110
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


James H. Garrett, Jr. was appointed Carnegie Mellon University's provost and chief academic officer January 1, 2019. He previously served as dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon from 2013-2018 and as head of CMU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from June 2006 to December 2012. Garrett also holds the Thomas Lord Professorship of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  


Garrett's work focuses on applications of sensors and sensor systems to civil infrastructure condition assessment; mobile hardware/software systems for field applications; representations and processing strategies to support the usage of engineering codes, standards, and specifications; and knowledge-based decision support systems.